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Belfast daily scoops best regional website prize

The Belfast Telegraph’s online platform was named the best regional website in the UK last night as the annual Online Media Awards were handed out in London.

Five regional newspaper websites were in the running for the award alongside two hyperlocal sites and two local portals operated by national broadcasters.

But the Bel Tel, which was also shortlisted for the best design award, emerged victorious in the category ahead of the Glasgow-based Herald & Times group platform

Both and BBC East Midlands’ Leicester portal,, earned commendations

Also nominated in the category were the South Wales Argus, Lancashire Telegraph and Southern Daily Echo websites, in the case of the Argus for a second year running.

Other nominees were Sky TV’s Tyne and Wear site and hyperlocals and

The Lincolnite, owned by Stonebow Media, also received the chairman’s award from Noel Young, chairman of the judges.

Noel commented; “For me this is a unique and imaginative site, it delivers local news where the people are. I thought it was very neat.”

The awards, organised by media website The Drum, were handed out in a ceremony at Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium.

The full list of winners was as follows:

Website of the Year (Grand Prix): Channel 4 News/ITN

Chairman’s Award: Stonebow Media for

Online Editor of the Year: Carla Buzasi, Editor in Chief at The Huffington Post UK

Digital Writer of the Year: Dave Gilbert, Technology editor at International Business Times UK

Outstanding Digital Team of the Year:  Channel 4 News web team

Best Freelance Writer: Teo Kermeliotis, CNN

Best Site for News-Led Journalism:  Channel 4 News/ITN for

Best Specialist Site for Journalism: Emap for Nursing Times

Best Local/Regional News Site:  Independent News & Media (NI) for

Best National/World News Site:  The New York Times for

Best Campaigning / Investigative Journalism:  Times Newspapers Ltd for The Times Tax Avoidance Investigation

Best Commentary/Blogging:   Times Newspapers Ltd for The Times School Gate blog

Best Video Journalism:  BBC News website for BBC News On Demand

Best Designed site:  Reuters for

Best Twitter feed: Channel 4 News/ITN for Jon Snow Channel 4 News @jonsnowC4

Best Use of Social Media:  Channel 4 News/ITN

Best Use of Crowd Sourcing or Citizen Journalism:  The New York Times for Watching Syria’s War

Best Brand Development:  Metro for Metro Digital Editions

Best Commercial Innovation: Toronto Star for Star Dispatches

Best Use of Photography:  Reuters for The Wider Image

Technical Innovation:  Channel Four Television Corporation for Scrapbook

Best App : The Economist for The Economist on iPad, iPhone and Android and Sky News for Sky News for iPad

Best Lifestyle / Leisure News Site :  Hearst Magazines UK for and MSN UK for MSN UK

Best Business / Finance News Site:

Best Health / Education News Site: BACP for

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  • June 13, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Are you kidding me? The Bel Tel’s website looks like they got it from a budget webpage provider. It looks cheap, boring and completely lacking in imagination. Who judges these things?
    I think I’ll enter my fishing club’s site next year. It looks much better than that guff.

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